‘Super Bad’: Musk Decries Washington Post Reporting

‘Super Bad’: Musk Decries Washington Post Reporting
Elon Musk during a press conference at SpaceX's Starbase facility near Boca Chica Village in South Texas on Feb. 10, 2022. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)
Gary Bai

Elon Musk has called out what he says are bad trends in The Washington Post highlighting one of its articles that allegedly smeared a conservative filmmaker.

In reply to filmmaker Christopher Rufo’s complaints directed at The Washington Post, Musk wrote a comment highlighting that the “trend”, presumably at The Washington Post, is “super bad.”

“There are still some great journalists at WaPo,” the billionaire said, referring to the publication owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, “but the trend is super bad.”

In the same thread on Twitter, Musk drew attention to a Twitter comment about The Washington Post’s slogan ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’, which the publication has under its masthead.

“Democracy Dies in Darkness is the GOAL, not a warning. They’re putting it right out there,” the tweet said.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO’s comments follow a string of disapproving comments about the Bezos-owned publication.

In March, Musk alleged that The Washington Post “relentlessly” targets him, albeit with insults that could be of “higher quality.”

Rufo’s now-viral complaints were first made in a New York Post article, in which the filmmaker said he became the target of a hit piece by The Washington Post after publishing his investigative work on Critical Race Theory (CRT) in education, government, and the corporate world.

“I’ve shed light on public schools forcing 8-year-olds to deconstruct their racial identities, telling white teachers they must undergo ‘antiracist therapy’ and encouraging white parents to advocate for ‘white abolition,’” Rufo wrote in the article published in June last year.

“In recent months, outlets including The New York Times, The New Republic, MSNBC, CNN and The Atlantic have relentlessly attacked me. But the coup de grâce, they believed, would be a 3,000-word exposé in The Washington Post. The paper dispatched two reporters, Laura Meckler and Josh Dawsey, and spent three weeks preparing a vicious hit piece against me, accusing me of a range of intellectual crimes,” he wrote.

Yet, according to Rufo, The Washington Post “had to retract or add six full paragraphs, admit to fabricating a timeline, and reverse a key accusation” that Rufo said he proved to be false.

“The editors then tried to hide their errors through stealth edits and a completely misleading ‘clarification,’” Rufo wrote in the Twitter post threat to which Musk replied: “Washington Post writers are grim and talentless mercenaries for the regime and have polluted a once-respected newspaper with smears, propaganda, and lies.”